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Never Say Die (1939)





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Bob Hope and an all-star cast have great fun in this frothy romantic comedy about a wealthy tycoon who learns that he only has one month left to live. Not realizing that the tests were wrong, he decides to make hay while the sun still shines. He dumps his fiancee and then heads for the lovely Bad Gaswasser Spa in Switzerland. There he meets a young heiress who is being forced to marry a prince rather than the bus driver she loves. Taking pity on her and having nothing to lose, he marries her and plans to leave her his fortune so she will be free to marry anyone she wants. During their honeymoon, on which the bus driver accompanies them, the groom learns that he will live. Unfortunately for the bus driver, true romance has bloomed between the newlyweds. Of course they don't find this out until a little later.


Bob Hope
as John Kidley
Martha Raye
as Mickey Hawkins
Andy Devine
as Henry Munch
Gale Sondergaard
as Juno Marko
Alan Mowbray
as Prince Smirnov
Sig Rumann
as Poppa Ingleborg
Paul Harvey
as Jasper Hawkins
Frances Arms
as Momma Ingleborg
Ivan Simpson
as Kretsky
Monty Woolley
as Dr. Schmidt
Foy Van Dolsen
as Kretsky's Bodyguard
Christian Rub
as The Mayor
Gino Corrado
as Waiter (uncredited)
Albert Dekker
as Kidley's Second (uncredited)
Frank Reicher
as Man in Charge of Duel (uncredited)
Victor Kilian
as Man Who Loads Pistols (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Druggist (uncredited)
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All Critics (3)

But the most enjoyable film for weeks has slipped by un- noticed among the heroic and romantic. Never Say Die is consistently absurd...

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Has a few sweet spots.

March 21, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Adapted from the William H. Post play, this film never fully achieves its potential to be a little gem, even with the fine comic talents of Hope.

November 12, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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